Video Games Playday this weekend

And as long as I'm updating you, here's the rest of the days I've been seriously underpromoting.

The History of Video Games exhibit is on from now until mid-December, showing at the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale (17710-56A Avenue).

This Saturday, September 25, the playday theme is 8- and 16-bit era. That means we'll be playing games on the Genesis, NES and SNES, and maybe on the Colecovision. We'll see about that. I have virtually all of the decent 4-player games for the NES, so you can look forward to trying those, especially Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road and the beloved Gauntlet II. I've got multi-player kit for the SNES too, but I can't remember which 4-player games I have, besides soccer.

I'll probably also bring along a few newer consoles to play some arcade games in emulation. Bubble Bobble in super-clear Wii-vision, anyone?

Admission is by donation, we go 1:30pm-4:30pm, and it should be fun.

The next two events are:

A History of Violence in Video Games
A lecture describing the nature of video game violence, its history, and the public response. I hope to try to get into the kinds of violence that are considered especially repellent in games. Thursday, October 14, 7:30pm-8:30pm, the cost is $5 and you must pre-register online.

Video Game Play Day: Early Days
Saturday, Nov. 27, 1:30-4:30, and we will break out the oldies: pong clones, Atari 2600, Intellivision, you bet. Warning: I own E.T. for the Atari 2600 [danger, review is NSFW, and shows actual screenshots from E.T., the worst video game ever made].